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SC Restricts AP Police From Coercive Actions Against News Channels In Case Of Sedition | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday suspended enforcement action against television channels accused of sedition for broadcasting the critical views of rebel YSRCP deputy Krishnam Raju against the Jagan Reddy government’s handling of the Covid situation in Andhra Pradesh .
The SC prevented the police from taking coercive action against two Telgu news channels, TV5 and ABN Andhrajyothi, for alleged sedition by showing “offensive” speeches by YSR rebel deputy K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju.
A special court headed by Justive DY Cyhandrachud sought the response of the state government within four weeks to the pleas of the channels accused of various crimes, including the severe criminal offense of sedition.
The court, also composed of Judges L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, also made it clear that there will be no enforcement action against employees or staff of news channels in relation to the same FIR.
“We are of the opinion that provisions 124A (sedition) and 153 (promoting enmity between classes) of the IPC require interpretation, in particular on the issue of press rights and freedom of expression,” the court said.
It was alleged that the FIRs were registered against the channels to publish Raju’s press releases.
The higher court had previously granted bail to the legislator in connection with the same case.

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